Head of OSCE Mission to BiH Visits ICMP

8 May 2007: During a visit to the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today, the Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Douglas Davidson, stressed that relatives of the missing have a right to know the truth about their missing loved ones. The issue of missing persons remains one of the most challenging human rights issues facing the region today. There are around 13,000 persons still missing out of estimated 30,000 at the end of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Regional Cooperation in Ex-Yugoslavia on the File of the Missing

26 April 2007: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) call on the governments in the former Yugoslavia to increase their efforts to release information on whereabouts of the missing persons. Of the 40,000 persons estimated by ICMP as originally missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s, there are still about 17,500 persons missing. The highest number of the missing is in Bosnia and Herzegovina where the fate of up to 13,000 persons is still unknown. There are approximately 2,100 persons still unaccounted for in relation to the Croatia conflict and around 2,200 still missing from the conflict in Kosovo.

The Saudi Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina visits ICMP

19 March 2007: During the visit to the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today, the Ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fahad Al-Zeid, said he was impressed with the work that has been achieved in locating, recovering and identifying missing persons from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Canada Helps with Missing Persons Problem in Balkans

5 March 2007: The Canadian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, David Hutchings, led a delegation of Canadian diplomats on a visit of ICMP’s facilities in Tuzla today where he used the opportunity to announce a donation of 1,356,000 CAN$ (1, 7 million BAM) from the Canadian Government’s Global Peace and Security Fund for ICMP’s work in the regions of the former Yugoslavia affected by the conflicts. The delegation included Canadian Deputy Head of Mission to Serbia, Patrick Hebert and Canadian Deputy Head of Mission to Croatia, Claude Demers.

Head of ICRC Delegation to BiH Visits ICMP

27 February 2007: During a visit to the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today, the Head of Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Henry Fournier and ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, jointly called on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to act in accordance with the BiH Law on Missing Persons and provide relatives of missing with long awaited answers.

Representatives of three Muslim Humanitarian Organizations Visit ICMP

15 February 2007: Representatives of three Muslim humanitarian associations said they were impressed by the work of International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Mr. Mohammed Hamad, Country Director of Islamic Relief Worldwide; Mr. Mahmoud Y. Ali, Director General of the Red Crescent of U.A.E. in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Mr. Abdel Raouf Al-Shurman, Director of International Islamic Relief from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia toured ICMP facilities in Sarajevo and Tuzla on Thursday.

Head of EC Delegation to BiH Visits ICMP

30 January 2007: During a visit to the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today, the Head of European Commission Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Dimitris Kourkoulas, stressed that families had a right to know the truth about their missing loved ones.

MPI Steering Board Members Nominated by Council of Ministers

29 December 2006: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the decision by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina to nominate members to the Steering Board of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI).With the Steering and Supervisory Boards in place, the MPI will become operational. Beginning in 2007, the MPI will be the sole BiH institution tasked with accounting for the approximately 13,000 persons still missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MPI will search for the missing regardless of their national, ethnic or religious origin.

Regional Cooperation on the File of the Missing

21 December 2006: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized the second meeting on regional cooperation on missing persons between representatives of the governments from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia. The meeting provided a forum for multilateral discussions and an exchange of information regarding a variety of issues including recovery and identification operations, funding issues and support to family associations representing missing persons from the conflicts.

Family Associations of Missing Demand Functioning of MPI Before End of Year

8 December 2006: At a meeting today chaired by the BiH Council of Ministers, Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) joined the family associations of missing persons and the acting Directors of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) in making an urgent appeal to the Council of Ministers to appoint the Steering and Supervisory Boards of the MPI at the next government session, thus ensuring that the MPI would be functional before the end of this year.